Feed Our Rural Kids Inc. (FORK) is adding a registered dietitian, Brenda Husing, as an advisor to its board of directors.

“Nutrition is a science,” said FORK President Perry Pokrandt. “It’s one thing to want to do the right thing for kids, but it’s another to know what that thing is. Brenda Husing’s experience will provide us that direction.” 

Husing has a bachelor’s degree in dietetics from Michigan State University and is a registered dietitian, certified dietitian and certified lactation specialist. 

For 10 years, she has worked for the Wisconsin Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) for various counties and organizations, including Oneida and Forest counties, and the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council.

“As a mother of three children who are attending school or will be at Northland Pines, working with Feed Our Rural Kids just makes sense to me,” said Husing. “This opportunity provides a way for me to use my skills to make growing up as an Eagle the best possible experience for every child.”

Pokrandt said he foresees Husing’s first role as a social media influencer.

“Her advice to families will be a bimonthly feature of the FORK Facebook postings,” he said. “Her nutrition content will first be shared on Facebook and later cataloged for future access at feed¬≠¬≠ourruralkids.org.”

Husing said her content will be short and easy to read.

“I want people to feel comfortable engaging with the content and glean quick tips to make feeding their families nutritious foods more attainable and affordable,” said Husing. “For those individuals looking for a deeper dive on any specific topic, I will provide resource links so they can learn more if they wish.”

The column “Nutrition Talk” will be posted to the FORK Facebook page the first and third Wednesdays of the month, according to Pokrandt. 

“As part of introducing ‘Nutrition Talk,’ Brenda will make herself available through Facebook or website links to answer nutrition- based questions around issues affecting school-aged children. We are excited that FORK can offer families such a valuable resource as Mrs. Husing’s experience and knowledge,” added Pokrandt. “So like us, share us or follow us on Facebook.”

Husing’s first post will be Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. Her topic will be on the importance of family needs.

FORK is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created to raise money to provide nutritional support to school-aged children from food-insecure homes within the Northland Pines School District. 

For more information, visit feedourruralkids.org or contact Pokrandt at perrypokrandt@gmail.com.